Erica Field

Erica Field

Professor of Economics

External Address: 
319 Social Sciences, Box 90097, Durham, NC 27708-0097
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90097, Durham, NC 27708
(919) 660-1857

Professor Field’s major fields of interests are development economics, labor economics, economic demography, and health. Specifically, her research focuses on the areas of marriage and family, property rights, global health, and finance and entrepreneurship. She has received grants from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and IZA/DFID Growth and Labour Markets in Low Income Countries, among others. She has published work in various journals, including the American Economics Journal and the Quarterly Journal of Economics. Her research regularly takes her out of the U.S., and she is currently working on projects that explore adolescent empowerment and education in Bangladesh, female labor market participation in Pakistan, the effects of microfinance on women and households in South Asia and India, and the impacts of access to family planning resources on fertility and health in Zambia.


  • Ph.D., Princeton University 2003

Barnhardt, S., E. Field, and R. Pande. “Moving to opportunity or isolation? Network effects of a randomized housing lottery in urban India.” American Economic Journal: Applied Economics 9, no. 1 (January 1, 2017): 1–32. Full Text

Field, E., V. Molitor, A. Schoonbroodt, and M. Tertilt. “Gender Gaps in Completed Fertility.” Journal of Demographic Economics 82, no. 02 (June 2016): 167–206. Full Text

Field, E., S. Jayachandran, R. Pande, and N. Rigol. “Friendship at work: Can peer effects catalyze female entrepreneurship?American Economic Journal: Economic Policy 8, no. 2 (May 1, 2016): 125–53. Full Text

Chong, A., I. Cohen, E. Field, E. Nakasone, and M. Torero. “Iron deficiency and schooling attainment in Peru.” American Economic Journal: Applied Economics 8, no. 4 (January 1, 2016): 222–55. Full Text

Ashraf, N., E. Field, and J. Lee. “Household bargaining and excess fertility: An experimental study in zambia.” American Economic Review 104, no. 7 (January 1, 2014): 2210–37. Full Text

Feigenberg, B., E. Field, R. Pande, N. Rigol, and S. Sarkar. “Do group dynamics influence social capital gains among microfinance clients? Evidence from a randomized experiment in urban India.” Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 33, no. 4 (January 1, 2014): 932–49. Full Text

Field, E., R. Pande, J. Papp, and N. Rigol. “Does the classic microfinance model discourage entrepreneurship among the poor? Experimental evidence from India.” American Economic Review 103, no. 6 (October 1, 2013): 2196–2226. Full Text

Field, Erica, Rohini Pande, John Papp, and Y Jeanette Park. “Repayment flexibility can reduce financial stress: a randomized control trial with microfinance clients in India.Plos One 7, no. 9 (January 2012): e45679. Full Text

Thornton, Rebecca L., Laurel E. Hatt, Erica M. Field, Mursaleena Islam, Freddy Solís Diaz, and Martha Azucena González. “Social security health insurance for the informal sector in Nicaragua: a randomized evaluation.Health Economics 19 Suppl (September 2010): 181–206. Full Text


Ashraf, Nava, Erica Field, Giuditta Rusconi, Alessandro Voena, and Roberta Ziparo. “Traditional Beliefs and Learning about Maternal Risk in Zambia.” In The American Economic Review, 107:511–15, 2017. Full Text

Selected Grants

A Labour Markets Research Agenda through a Job Search Platform awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2020 to 2023

Effects of age at marriage and education on health of mothers and children awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2018 to 2023

Collaborative Research: Institutional Capacity As An Organizational Challenge: A Field Experiment in Pakistan awarded by National Science Foundation (Co Investigator). 2017 to 2021

Training Local Leaders to Prevent and Reduce Gender-Based Violence in their Communities awarded by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Principal Investigator). 2018 to 2020

A Labor Markets Research Agenda through a Job Search Platform awarded by Growth and Labour Markets in Low Income Countries Programme (Principal Investigator). 2018 to 2020

Institutional Reform and De Facto Women's Rights in Pakistan awarded by Oxford Policy Management (Principal Investigator). 2018 to 2020

Transport and Urban Labor Market Integration: Evidence on Firms From a Randomized Control Trial awarded by Center for Economic Research in Pakistan (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2020

Research Proposal: Woman's Mobility, Transport, and Empowerment: A Randomized Control Trial awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2019

The Impact of Microfinance on Health: Experimental Evidence from India awarded by Harvard University (Principal Investigator). 2012 to 2018

Age at marriage Women's education and Mother Child Outcomes awarded by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Principal Investigator). 2011 to 2018